September 23, 2021 — Carole Picou-Katmann

Poisonous Plants and your Furry Friends 


Which Plants Are Toxic to Cats?

Beware! Your favorite plants might be fatal. Here are some plants to avoid to keep your cat safe.
Kind of Toxic
The following plants can cause mild symptoms in your cat if digested:
  • Pothos, Poinsettias, Peace Lilies, and Philodendrons
  • Ficus and Snake Plants
  • Aloe
The plants mentioned above could cause the following symptoms:
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting 
  • Staggering
  • Loss of appetite
While these symptoms are awful, these plants won’t necessarily lead to death unless ingested in large quantities. However, it’s still important to keep your cats as healthy and comfortable as possible.
Pretty Poisonous
The following plants are moderately poisonous to cats and could lead to severe symptoms:
  • Holly shrubs
  • Rhododendrons
  • Azaleas
  • Ivy
The plants mentioned above have various symptoms associated with them, and if you see your pet showing any of the following symptoms, be sure to seek urgent veterinary care:
  • Drooling and vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty moving or breathing
  • Nervous system depression
If these symptoms aren’t treated as soon as possible, they could eventually lead to death. So, make sure you either keep these plants completely out of reach, or don’t keep them in your home at all.
Avoid at All Costs
The following plants shouldn’t be kept in your home at all if you have cats (or any furry friends, for that matter). Not only are they severely poisonous, but it also only takes a very small amount of these plants to severely poison or even kill your cat:
  • Most lily varieties
  • Sago palm plants and seeds
  • Mistletoe
  • Hydrangea shrubs
When these plants are ingested, even in small quantities, they can lead to:
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Kidney and liver failure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Comas
  • Seizures
  • Death
Keep Your Kitties Safe!
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